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Linfield to seek July 13 date for Windsor Park leg of Celtic tie

Belfast club to attend crunch meeting on Thursday, according to reports

Linfield are set to ask UEFA for permission to move a potential home Champions League tie against Celtic to Thursday July 13.

There is a full list of Europa League second qualifying round fixtures that evening but with concerns over the original scheduling of the Linfield v Celtic game, an alternative date is being considered by the Danske Bank Premiership champions.

Representatives from both clubs met after the draw and both were happy with a 5pm kick-off on July 11. However, after the PSNI expressed concerns, Linfield have been called to a crunch meeting on Thursday, according to the Scottish Daily Mail.

Should Linfield see off San Marino side La Fiorita in the opening round, they will take on Glasgow Celtic in a two-legged Champions League second qualifying round tie. Linfield are drawn to be at home in the first leg, which was originally scheduled for July 11 or 12. A suggestion to alleviate concerns has been to switch the home and away ties, but Linfield are keen to host the opening leg in order to ensure a bumper crowd at Windsor Park.

Should the first leg be played in Glasgow and Linfield lose heavily, the Belfast leg could turn into a dead rubber. Hosting Celtic before the trip to Scotland, therefore, could be key to the Irish League side protecting a potential £1 million windfall the Champions League campaign could bring.

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